Opera: The Bland Giant

Roger Sessions has a solid reputation. He is known everywhere as a "distinguished" or "major" composer. The only trouble is that his music is seldom performed. His profound and satanically difficult works are all greatly admired by critics, but audiences rarely seem eager to hear them. His violin concerto waited 24 years for its first New York performance, and in the season just ending, only one of the nation's top four orchestras played a work by Sessions. At 67, he has endured 50 winters in music without any springtimes. His problem, quite...

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